I agree. If the higher clock speeds are what you want, just buy a current Radeon 64 DDR. These can be overclocked to 270/230 without much cooling enhancements. Of course the newer boards will allow you to go even higher, but that is only useful up to a certain point and when using certain softwares.
For HTPC video playback, you could underclock these cards take off the fan, and be happy.
___It appears that most of the current top shelf games (Max Payne, Black and White, Serious Sam, Quake III, UnReal Tournament) are greatly compatible according to the reviews posted today but like I have seen with the Rage chipsets of the past and the Radeonâ€™s afterwards, how does it display Star Wars Rogue Squadron? I know its ancient game but I fire it up about once a year and play it through till the end and yes, I still enjoy it immensely â€¦ Both of the previous ATI chipsets have been terrible with this game as to make it unplayable whereas the Nvidia TNTâ€™s and GeForce 256â€™s all the way through the latest GeForce Titaniumâ€™s have done this display exactly as I would have expected â€¦ Performance wise, the 8500 appears to be almost GeForce3 Titanium capable but not quite â€¦ At least we will get the great DVD display and flight sim frame rates that will suffice rather than unplayable (unless you liked to be shot down a lot ) as I have seen with all of the Radeonâ€™s of the past.
They also seem to be pulled from dell's site. they must have racked up quite alot of orders.
Got 2 on the way, one from the original deal back from the 3rd and one from today. the disappointing benchmarks aside, i can still deal with this card if gives me gonzo pq and passable 3d. Its still an update from my ocd gts2 pro.
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